The Minerals Council of Australia Board has commenced succession planning to replace Chief Executive Officer Mitch Hooke following his decision not to renew his contract at the end of this year. He has been CEO of the Council since May 2002.

Mitch has had an enormous impact on the mining industry and the Australian public-policy landscape. He has been a tireless campaigner for the minerals sector during some of its most difficult periods.

He has played a significant leadership role in the industry and has been an effective advocate in promoting the mining sector in the nation’s interest.

Mitch has also focussed the industry with considerable success on improving its environmental and social performance as well as enhancing the sector’s relationship with Indigenous Australians. The minerals industry is now the largest employer of Indigenous Australians.

His leadership has not been limited to Australia. He is particularly recognised for his work on international trade reform over three decades across agriculture, food and mining.

Ten years ago this industry charged Mitch with reforming the MCA. He has built a strong and highly regarded organisation with a very capable secretariat, an engaged membership and a reputation for policy integrity and credibility.

The Board is delighted that Mitch has agreed to continue as a special adviser for 12 months after he steps down as CEO.

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